If ever you’ve spent a significant amount of time working in an office environment you’ve seen them; the middle-aged employee. People, whom the young look upon with a touch of pity, tinged with relief and gratitude that they are not them. The young have their whole lives ahead of them! Assuming an average lifespan, most of them still have about 80% of their lives still to live! They have full social schedules, disposable income, and energy!
I know because I was once one of those youngsters. When I was 25 and working for an insurance company, I watched those in their 40s and 50s; men and women just like me who got up every morning and came to work and went about their daily routines. The only real difference between us was that 20, maybe 30 years. Many of them had been with the company for more years than I’d been driving; a part of the workforce for more years than I’d been breathing. And sometimes I’d feel genuine sorrow for them. I wondered if they ever stopped and considered their lives, the years they had left, the years until they could retire. I would think about how different our lives were, imagining that their lives were boring and dreary, filled with domestic routine, while mine was a young and exciting life, full of promise. And I’d think to myself, “I’m SO glad I’m not that guy.”